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Susan Tiedman

May 26, 1952 — November 27, 2023


Susan Tiedman

In Loving Memory of Susan Lynne Tiedman of Waynesville, NC.

After a courageous and tenacious battle with a terminal illness, Susan Lynne Tiedman passed away peacefully on November 27, 2023, surrounded by the love and presence of her devoted husband, Allen Tiedman. She was 71.

Susan's life was a tapestry woven with remarkable achievements and a vibrant spirit. Born May 26, 1952, she embraced every moment with an enthusiasm that left an indelible mark on all who knew her. A graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Biology, Susan embarked on a journey of intellectual pursuit and professional excellence.

In the early stages of her career, Susan served as a junior researcher for AIDS at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her dedication and contributions to medical research showcased her commitment to making a difference in the lives of those affected by serious illnesses.

As her career unfolded, Susan ascended to the role of Director of the Oncology Clinic in two major hospitals. In this capacity, she demonstrated exceptional leadership, overseeing all nursing and administrative aspects in support of Oncology Physicians. Her impact on the healthcare community was profound, leaving a legacy of compassion and efficiency.

Above and beyond her career accomplishments, Susan was a tender soul who loved all creatures — not only animals, like her five cats, but also insects of all kinds. She would gently move them outside, ensuring their safety so that no one would inadvertently step on them. This compassionate nature was an extension of her kind and nurturing spirit.

In the family's cherished memories, Susan is envisioned in a beautiful field in heaven, surrounded by a profusion of flowers, with all her little kitties and other creatures she loved so much joyfully greeting her. This image encapsulates the essence of Susie Tiedman — a woman whose heart overflowed with love for the smallest inhabitants of our world.

Susan is survived by her loving husband, Allen, who stood by her side throughout her valiant battle. She is also remembered fondly by her sisters, Jean and Carole, and her beloved stepdaughter, Cheri, along with Cheri's husband, Jon. Susan's legacy extends to her cherished grandchildren, Kaitlin and Evan, who brought immense joy to her life.

A Celebration of Susan’s life will be held in May 2024 to let us remember the vibrant soul who touched the hearts of many and made an enduring impact on the world. She will be dearly missed, but her spirit will continue to inspire and live on in the memories of those who had the privilege of sharing in her remarkable journey.


The care of Mrs. Susan has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville and an online memorial register is available at "Obituaries" at


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